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Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones

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ISBN-13: 978-0893452308
ISBN-10: 0893452300
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Garber Communications (June 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893452300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893452308
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,982,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another treasure from the past, this book, written by a medical doctor, was originally published in 1907. A virtual encyclopedia of precious and semi-precious stones and metals, this nearly 500-page book is loaded with lore and sprinkled liberally with anecdotes and historical information on how precious and semi-precious stones and metals were used in the past. There are many fascinating stories about the superstitions and legends that surrounded them; who owned what and how much; which diamonds were the biggest and how big they were, stories about kings, queens and potentates who owned them, how traditions surrounding precious and semi-precious stones came to be, and much more.

Although the book is encyclopedic, fortunately, it doesn't read like an encyclopedia. Dr. Fernie is a gifted writer whose engrossing style grabs and holds the reader's interest as he brings the history and lore of metals and precious stones to life. Of course there are sections for each stone and metal so you can go right to one you are interested in if you don't want to read the whole book.

In his introduction the good doctor states that the purpose of the book is to vindicate our forefathers' confidence in precious stones and metals for remedial uses either by scientific grounds or simple experience. Much of the information is anecdotal, and he freely admits that some if it is pure superstition, but not all. The metal copper is a notable exception as there is plenty of proof of its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It seems that whole villages near copper mines were infected with cholera, except for the miners.
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Great delivery & prompt service. This was a replacement for an old book that fell apart and was no longer useful. So you must know I like this book as it provides detailed facts on precious stones which I needed to learn about (since the 1950s). Highly recommend this book for those who want to get into the occult (secretive) powers and how to use such for better understanding of metaphysical properties of Mother Nature's cupboard.
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I actually owned this book years ago, lost it and found it here again on Amazon. This book is a must read for anyone who makes jewelry like I do. More than useless superstition it will give the essential information to use specific stones for specific purposes. Both spiritual and medicinal. It will make the difference between making a pretty, if expensive bauble and a priceless amulet or talisman. If you are not the least bit interested in anything spiritual or occult this book is not for you. If gemstones are just for decoration, this book is not for you. If the only medicine you take is chemicalized poison endorsed by the FDA, this book is not for you.
It was originally written in the early 1900's so some of the tone and syntax used might be a little trying to get through, it is well worth the effort.
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